For thousands of years, Ancient Egypt was the most advanced civilization in the world. They developed a sophisticated culture of which the legacies are still found today, including medical practices and religious beliefs.
Ancient Egyptians invented many everyday objects we use today, such as toothpaste, brushes, cosmetics, and other personal hygiene products.
They also developed dentistry and physician’s practice of studying patient’s history to help diagnose illnesses.
Let us not forget about the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stood as the tallest structure ever built for several thousands of years.
While it all sounds great indeed, the civilization also had some disturbing habits and cultures. Being an ancient form of civilization, they had to take advantage of what was readily available for them, provided by nature.
There was not yet modern manufacturing facilities or clinical test for every medication
Some life choices that ancient Egyptians considered acceptable will now be seen as inappropriate or just plain disgusting. Here are few examples of irritating facts the Pharaohs and their subjects regarded as normal.
10 King Tut Excited Mummy
Let us start with one of the most famous ancient Egyptians of them all, King Tutankhamun himself. As a Pharaoh, he deserved only the most grandeur tomb and mummification procedures that money could buy.
As it turned out, there were several unusual things with his mummy. First, the body was mummified without his heart.
Traditional practice usually involved removing intestines and brain, but not a heart at it was seen as the center of the soul. Second, his penis was erect at a 90-degree angle.
9 Necrophiliac Embalmer
The main purpose of mummification was to preserve the body of the deceased inside the tomb. Ancient Egyptians believed that proper embalming and mummification process helped ensure a rebirth for the deceased.
If the deceased person had been a woman of the upper class or the wife of a well-respected man, the family would have kept the body for about three or four days before handing it over to embalmers.
The body had to decay to a certain level that could prevent the embalmers from engaging in necrophilia.